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Transports you straight into the eighteenth century!,
This review is from: Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England: How our ancestors lived two centuries ago (Hardcover)
A couple of pages into Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England, I knew this would be the sort of book I'd keep on my shelf and refer back to again and again over the years. Roy and Lesley Adkins transport you right 'under the eaves' to overhear ordinary people going about their business in 'Jane Austen's England'.
There's a wealth of detail in this book, taking you from cradle to grave, and explaining all the practicalities of life at the time - never shrinking from the nasty bits (leeches, grim diseases)! Using contemporary diaries and memoirs, the Adkins introduce a cast of real 'characters' - country parson James Woodeford and spinster with a sharp eye for detail, Nelly Weeton.
If you want to discover what life was really like during Jane Austen's lifetime, or you're a dedicated Austen fan looking to delve into the world behind the novels, then this is a gripping read. Historians, amateur or otherwise will equally find this a fact-filled, and extremely readable introduction to a lost world.